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Latinos in London  on 2013-03-31

Los Chinches : New Album "Fongo"

Los Chinches  are one of the most exciting and cutting edge acts to emerge from the new Latin scene; a combination of peruvian percussionists and London bred guitar and keyboard players creating an epic new sound that harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia and the Punk and Ska spirit of London. Namely they draw upon the style of Cumbia developed in Peru in the 1960s - known as 'Chicha' – which, along with their unique rocking tropical energy, makes for blistering live performances and an ever-growing reputation.
Now in 2013, they're ready to unleash their debut album FONGO onto the world on April 1st, along with their UK TOUR 2013. The album title, Los Chinches explain, is taken from the name of "a mysterious deity, a visionary and a clown with a taste for jungle liquor and Amazonian beauties". It is, they continue, "through Fongo that we channel the spirit of Chicha who acts as a spiritual councillor and a guide for Los Chinches. We ask Fongo to bless us all with good vibrations. There is a Fongo in all of us and our quest is to bring out the spirit of Fongo in everyone who hears our sound. I am are Fongo...we are all Fongo!" Check out for videos and social media.

FONGO is officially out on 1st April and now you can get a sneaky advance copy via the band's Bandcamp page HERE>>

I want to thanks to Los Chinches & Movimientos records for the mention of my name in their new album and the vaiuable support and contribution to our culture in the UK. Since the beginning of their music journey into great music like Los Mirlos, Los Destellos & Chacalon; Los Chinches developed their love and passion for music through all this bands and recreated their own sound with original songs and crazy melodies based on this roots mixed with their garage rock, synths, latin percussion and their guiro (wiro) hero. Now finally the album Fongo saw the light , the art cover was amazingly made by Bolivian artist Marco Toxico and from the other side i can give faith of the great job done and amazing sound created during the recording sessions of this 11 cool tracks. Los Chinches represent the psychedelic sound of Peru of the 60's into this decade, bringing the sounds of the Peruvian amazon to London this years, they rapidly are becoming the new cream of Chicha in Europe. Congratulations to all the crew and all the people involved in this project for many years. So, Get your album now and support Lo Chinches, one of our best local bands!

The first album release on Movimientos Records is the debut from Los Chinches - 'Fongo'. It's already receiving great reviews in the UK press and airplay on BBC 6 Music, Radio 3 and many more.

"Their debut album is as Day-Glo and brash as its cover featuring wide screen guitar instrumentals...and a keyboard backed homage to cumbia." **** The Guardian
"A joyous rabble of Peruvian cumbia or chicha folk roots, blended with 1960s psych-rock and surf riffs." *** Metro

In the two years since forming, Los Chinches have blazed a trail across the London scene at an eclectic array of Latin club nights, folk events and rock’n’roll venues. They've been part of the most prestigious UK Latin music festival ‘La Linea’ where they played at London's Barbican and they've packed dance floors at established venues like Cargo and Rich Mix. They’ve also rocked high profile festival stages at Glastonbury, Bestival, The Big Chill, and in 2010 were invited to WOMAD on the Charlie Gillet stage. Not forgetting that they’ve graced the cover of F-Roots Magazine as part of a feature on the best new Latin bands coming out of the UK. Check out their UK TOUR DATES 2013.

RELEASES: With the release of their debut album FONGO on Movimientos Records on 1st April 2013 and a 7" Vinyl single to precede it, the band are ready to conquer the rest of the UK and then the world.

Friday 5th April // The Bussey Building / CLF Art Cafe
Friday 3rd May // Friday Tonic (6pm) ~ Royal Festival Hall, London
Saturday 11th May // Rich Mix ~ London*
Saturday 25th May // Mello Mello ~ Liverpool*
Saturday 25th May // Mains d' Oeuvres ~ Paris (TBC)
Sunday 26th May // Hi Fi Club ~ Leeds*
* Official UK TOUR 2013 with thanks to Arts Council England for their support

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